The word portfolio might imply that the latest exhibition at The Bluecoat is quite a simple collection of work. The dreaded P word, ever the bane of the developing artist, might hint that Portfolio NW is the lucky chance for a number of up and coming artists to finally have their work shown in a more public-centred gallery. From reading Jack Welsh’s excellent accompanying notes … Continue reading Portfolio NW – The Bluecoat (Liverpool).
The question of what exactly can be classed as art is one that is becoming increasingly dominant a topic in our post Brit-Art age. While this is often explored within specific works by artists, it is unusual to find an artist laying claim to an object’s greater meaning when the said object isn’t created by them. Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, has created an exhibition … Continue reading The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things – The Bluecoat (Mark Leckey).
When viewing the recent Tracing the Century exhibition at Tate Liverpool, one of the real standout pieces were three video installations by South African artist William Kentridge. For those after more of those dark and foreboding prints, The Bluecoat have amassed an excellent collection of his artwork and prints; a collection so big that the entire of their exhibition space is dedicated to his work. … Continue reading A Universal Archive – William Kentridge As Printmaker (The Bluecoat, Liverpool)
This year’s hub of Biennial activity largely seems to flow towards The Bluecoat arts centre. With its visitor hub being housed in the space’s reception, which is now haven for art enthusiasts as well as volunteers eager for their expenses, there’s a buzz around the usually tranquil area that is addictive and fitting to the Biennial’s theme this year. Even before entering the main exhibition … Continue reading The Unexpected Guest – The Bluecoat (Liverpool Biennial 2012).
Galápagos is group of islands steeped in natural history, beautiful habitat and is a literal stepping-stone in the mind of Darwin leading to the development of probably the most important scientific theory of the last two hundred years. In recent years this environment has had to adapt to the growing tourism and popularity of the location as well as an increasing population, so the balancing … Continue reading Galapagos Exhibition – The Bluecoat (Liverpool)